Do you have a 6 month old? Here’s a sample 6 month routine or rhythm you can adopt for your own family. See more sample schedules here including a newborn routine, 4 kids 4 and under routine, as well as an 18 month routine.
- Newborn Sample Routine
- 3 to 6 month routine
- Sample 6 Month Schedule
- 9 to 12 Month Sample Schedule
- 18 Month Sample Schedule
- 2 Year Old Sample Schedule
- Ultimate Newborn Sleep Schedule: Week by Week
Congratulations, you’ve survived the newborn phase!
My baby’s now 7 months old and this is truly my favorite age. They are still babies, but smiling all the time. Learning to sit up and move and getting their own personality. I hug my baby every day and say, “Don’t grow up… no wait you have to. But I just love you so!!” Very nauseating around here. For lookers on.
Anyway, here’s the 6-month routine I used for all of my babies.
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My 6 month sample routine here:
7:30 am – wake up, feed, solids for breakfast
8:15 am – free play (floor time on a play or development mat, sibling play)
9:00 am – down for nap
11:00 am – wake up, feed, solids
11:45 am – free play (floor time, practicing sitting or standing, sibling plan)
12:30 pm – down for nap
2:30 pm – wake up, feed, solids
(These routine cards are a great way for you to remember the routine and to eventually help your toddler follow their own.)
3:14 pm – free play (floor time, sibling play)
4:30 pm – down for nap
6:00 pm – wake up, feed, bedtime snack
6:45 pm – bedtime routine (bath, singing, cuddling, putting on lotion, etc.) We use this for the kitchen sink and absolutely love it.
7:30 pm – quick feed, bedtime
Some thoughts on this 6 month age.
- Routine or Rhythm. Research overwhelmingly supports a good routine for young ones. A routine does not, however, necessarily mean you follow the clock per se. If you prefer to have a rhythm where you do one thing after the other, but not necessarily watch the times and that’s fine. Whichever works best. At any rate, using a routine will be a sanity saver for both you and your baby. Here are some sample routines with different times that also have baby/toddler combinations.
- Eating is very important. Whether you waited until the 6 month mark to introduce solids, or started in the 5th month gradually, solids are very important. At the end of 6 months all four of my kids ate solids (a mug or bowl full) 4 times a day! If your baby starts waking up frequently at night, check the amount of solids.
- Getting ready to drop a nap. Right now your baby likely takes 3 naps a day, the third perhaps being the shortest. The goal is to shorten the third nap so the first two naps of the day remain until around 15-18 months. If you notice your baby naps shorter during the first or second nap, but longer on the third, you can wake the baby early in the third nap. Too long of an evening nap may mean getting to sleep at bedtime is harder, so best to shorten the nap that will drop soon.
- Floor time. While an infant seat is a minimalist must have, in my opinion, I like to give my babies any and every opportunity to be on the floor. They’ll roll, sit up, commando crawl, and start spinning in circles.
- Bath time. I waver between giving the baby a bath in the morning or in the evening. I don’t give a bath every day (particularly since he has eczema), but I try to just fit it in when I can or when it’s most convenient.
- Growth spurt. A growth spurt often happens at this age so make sure the baby is getting enough milk. I’ll often feed, give solids, let the baby play, feed again briefly before putting him in the crib (awake but drowsy). This helps make sure they’re getting enough to eat during the day.
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